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From sports to chasing dreams (Books This Weekend)

Posted on Feb 21 2014 | IANS

From suggestions for a perfect workout meal, to the world of cricket and distant dreams, the IANS bookshelf this week is pretty eclectic. Take a peek:

1. Book: Sachin Tendulkar: The Man Cricket Loved Back; Author: Various; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 262; Price: Rs. 599

An anthology on the Master Blaster by ESPNcricinfo, the book brings together perceptive appreciation and anecdotes from teammates and rivals who played against and alongside Sachin Tendulkar.

So while teammate Yuvraj Singh calls Tendulkar his 4 a.m. friend, V.V.S. Laxman describes him as a "Master Morale-Booster".

With contributions from well-known writers like Ayaz Memon, Mukul Kesavan, Harsha Bhogle, Pradeep Magazine, John Wright and Greg Chappell, the book is a complete package, replete with images and interviews conducted with Tendulkar.

A great way to know the "God of cricket" up close, "Sachin Tendulkar" is a must read for lovers of the gentleman's game.

2. Book: Tuki's Grand Salon Chase; Author: Parul Sharma; Publisher: Westland; Pages: 324; Price: Rs. 350

Young hairstylist Tuki's life takes an unprecedented turn with Faraaz, a tattooist, joining her upmarket Nancy's Factory workplace.

While trying to find ways to handle Faraaz's advances, Tuki realises she also needs to unravel the mystery behind writer Bijoy Dutta's disappearance and rescue Sweety bhabhi from destitution.

With dreams of owing a salon, Tuki finds herself trying to arrange the jigsaw pieces of her broken aspirations.

The book traverses her journey from the leafy lanes of Mumbai's Bandra suburb to the old-world Portuguese villas of Goa, where she tries to understand the
universe's conspiracies.

3. Book: Salt Water; Author: Shrey; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 272; Price: Rs. 250

While trying to repair old friendships, Rishi finds himself drawn to the world of magic pills, endless parties and arbitrary sex - a world he escaped from after the death of his drug addict friend.

Unable to put a stop to this, Rishi's quest for redemption soon degenerates into an unstoppable ride into the nights of south Mumbai.

A part of the 'Metro Reads' series, the book has been described as "raw, uncut footage of an entire generation losing it, together, one shine party at a time.

4. Book: Don't Lose Out, Work Out; Author: Rujuta Diwekar; Publisher: Westland; Pages: 260; Price: Rs. 250

Fitness expert Rujuta Diwekar tries to debunk various myths and fads related to exercise, and attempts to demystify them by calling it a "science" which has the potential to combat ageing and lifestyle disorders.

In the book-cum-guide, Diwekar suggests that just 150 minutes of exercise a week is needed to stay fit and keep all lifestyle disorders away; calls a banana the perfect pre-workout meal; and says that the four R's
- rehydrate, replenish, recover and repair - should be followed post a workout.

The book has detailed chapters on topics like cardio, yoga and strength training, each charting out the nuances of pre-and post-workout diets.

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